Jump to content

Reginald/ Reggie as first name


  • Please log in to reply
16 replies to this topic

#1 outdoorgirl81

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

Hi All,

Baby number 2, a boy child, is due in a few weeks, and we are struggling to agree on a name. A few months ago a friend suggested to my husband we call him Reggie. Background: DH's grandfather was Reginald, apparently an all around top guy and a bit of a family legend (I never met him) and DH's MN is Reginald, a lot of his friend's call him Reg or Reggie as an affectionate nickname.  When the subject came up at Christmas it was very well received by DH' family except, ironically by his father, who thinks it's far to big and old fashioned a name for a little boy. I've always thought we were naming someone for life, not just their childhood, and while "old man chic" hasn't had quite the resurgence as girl's names have, I do know of a couple of little Arthur's and Alberts out there and both work well.  My younger brother is named after his great grandfather and while his name is less "controversial" as he has grown up that family link has meant alot to him, and I do love the concept of using family names.


So except for the family history and DH's enthusiasm this would NEVER be a name which would be on my radar or under consideration, but as it would make my husband so happy, I'm doing my best to consider it fully. (I have so many gorgeous names we could use if DH would consider them. Sigh. )


I don't actually mind Reggie, but I don't think I could handle Reggie or Reg  on the birth cert, and I have been unable to find an alternative version of Reginald I prefer, if I did I think my husband would be happy to compromise. Using it as a middle name to honor his grandfather doesn't really cut it is already DH middle name.


Anyway, I really want your completely HONEST opinions (which I know I'll get!) Has anyone given their child a name they didn't love because their other half wanted it and gone on to regret it? Does anyone know any little Reggie's/ Reginald's running around out there?


Oh, and if it sounds like I'm being a martyr here or pressured into it, absolutely not, all I have to do is say no and it will be off the list, I just know how much it would mean to DH.

#2 AllymacP

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

I'm not a fan of the name, but the background story is cool, and you'd be sure he wouldn't be 1 of 7 other Reginalds in his kindy class!!
It's a hard one to find alternatives to!! Only Regis and Regan... But Regan makes me think of a girl because of King Lear ( I'm a bit of a Shakespeare nut though).
If you aren't super keen could you use it as a middle name?


#3 IsolaBella

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

Regan and Reggie make me think girls (read too any books with Regan/Regina nn Reggie).

Edited by lsolaBella, 03 January 2013 - 09:37 AM.


#4 gettheetoanunnery

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

My pop and uncle were Reginald - Reg

Doesn't rock my boat.

GP's also had a Colin, a Kenneth and a Desmond (so Col, Des, Ken and Reg) - very popular back then, pretty ordinary now though (IMO)



#5 gmc88

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

I don't like it but as I have said in other posts I know of people who I didn't like their baby names to begin with but now couldn't imagine them to be anything else.  The one upside to your choice is it will also suit him as he ages unlike other names that might be "cute" at birth but not so much as an adult.
Also like the story behind it!

#6 ~shannon~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Don't mind Reggie, but not big on Reginald or Reg.

Being an Archie comics fan, it reminds me of the character Reggie Mantle.

#7 What'sNext??

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:46 AM

My DH loved it.  I was on the fence with no family history.  I think it's the kind of name that will grow in you, I do actually like it now.

DH wouldn't agree to any of the boy names I liked with ds2, so in the end I went with the name at top of his list which was Albert.  I didnt mind it, but wasn't in love with it either. It's really grown on me and now I love it, but it did take several months.


Fwiw Reggie reminds me of that girl on big brother, so I would nickname Reg.

Good luck!

#8 AllymacP

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (gmc88 @ 03/01/2013, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't like it but as I have said in other posts I know of people who I didn't like their baby names to begin with but now couldn't imagine them to be anything else.  The one upside to your choice is it will also suit him as he ages unlike other names that might be "cute" at birth but not so much as an adult.
Also like the story behind it!


Agreed!!

#9 ms flib

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

I know a little boy called Reggie who is a real sweetie so I like it.

Also my grandfather was Reginald and my Dad had it as a middle name.

I think it's a great name!

#10 magicalmum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

I know a baby called Reginald (Reg). Very cute!

#11 Gudrun

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

I'll be honest it's not a retro I care for a lot.   I like though that it is an old name with plenty of linguistic history. I like the various European versions/variants but with that great story they seem just too different from Reginald for there to be any point considering them.

I wouldn't worry about using it (and kids and adults do like being a link in family history) since, as you point out, it is the sort of retro name currently making a comeback.

However I don't get why you can't consider using it as a MN.   You could give him your favourite name for a FN, Reginald for a MN and NN him Reggie.  

In my family my father gave me a MN that was FN of a beloved sister who had died as a child.  I decided to carry it on. So my daughter has the same MN as me and my grandaughter has it too.
My daughter loved having the link.

#12 Heylee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

I like Reginald, but it is also my grandfather's name. As alternatives, Reginald is actually a variation of Reynold (as is Ronald). There is no reason the your son can have the same middle name as his dad. 5 generation of first sons in our family have the same middle name. Good luck in your choice & it is certainly a name he will grow into original.gif

#13 kerilyntaryn

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

what about using

Reynold

#14 la di dah

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

I don't mind it. I've known young guys named Reggie/Reginald but they're in their 20s now. At any rate it doesn't make me think incredibly old man - in my experience its mostly men in their 50s (it had a resurgence in my hometown in that period) and then their kids named after them in their 20s.

And I like the comedian Reginald D. Hunter.

Demographically it surged in my hometown in the black community. I haven't ever known a white Reginald but I'm sure they're out there?

#15 4kidlets

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

have never met any Reginalds (actually all were called Reg for short ) who were not under about 75.


It's in the 'hard core vintage' category for me - not a style I am keen on.


In your situation I'd use it as a middle name.

Edited by 4kidlets, 03 January 2013 - 08:48 PM.


#16 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

I dislike the name Reginald very much, sorry.

However, if it would mean so much to your DH, and you are okay with it, then I think it would be nice to use it - as you said, it's not like you are being walked over. If you really can't get used to it then maybe use it as a MN - I don't see an issue with father and son sharing a MN.

#17 ~Mintie~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

If you wanted to have the nn Reggie but not use Reginald, how about Gregory? That's my brother's name and we used to call him Reggie (his nn was actually Greg but if we were hassling him out we'd call him Reggie Tounge1.gif ).




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark. I can try to quiet my mind, but it won?t shut up.

IVF leaves woman pregnant with another couple's twins

An Italian woman has been told the twins she is three months pregnant with are not hers.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

What you need for the 'fourth trimester'

In my opinion, the first three months after the birth are the most intense. Here's what got me through that time after welcoming my baby.

Weaning a toddler off a dummy: a 15-day plan

Weaning your child off the dummy can be a traumatic experience for both of you. Here are some tips to help you through.

Choosing to be a solo parent

Two women share their stories of longing for a baby so much that they each decided not to wait for a partner before becoming a mum.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

The ultimate travel stroller: the Mountain Buggy nano

We tried the Mountain Buggy nano and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up. As the ultimate travel stroller, it's practical, has great features, and looks fab, too.

Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

New Kate Spade baby bag designs

Don?t adjust your screen: this bright beauty is coming to you in full colour.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win the brand new phil&teds vibe

Check out the good looking new release of the Vibe 3 and the Verve 4-wheeler inline strollers. To celebrate their release, we have a Vibe with double kit to give away.

Baby sleep

From birth to one year and beyond, read about baby sleep, soothing techniques, routines, and sleep school experiences.

Easter gifts for babies, no chocolate in sight!

If this is your little one?s first Easter you might want to mark the occasion with something a little extra special. Here are 10 Easter gift ideas, which won't harm little teeth.

7 tips for a kid-free trip, not a guilt trip

Although I?m jumping out of my skin to take my child-free holiday, I?m dreading the goodbye. But I?m determined to make the most of it without tarnishing it with guilt or sadness about leaving the kids.

Itchibubs: clothes for babies and toddlers with eczema

Parents of children who suffer from eczema will know only too well the scratching that occurs around the clock. A new clothing range aims to help make everyone more comfortable.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what?s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

Why I loved my third home water birth

After two water births at home, I was determined to give birth to my son the same way. I just hoped this birth would be quicker than my last two.

Revealed: 7 ways food marketers try to trick consumers

If you?re confused by food labels, you?re not alone. Next time you?re shopping for food, look out for these seven common labelling tricks.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

My husband and I mutually decided that we didn?t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

 

Free Printable Activities

Keeping little hands busy

Free printable acitivity pages like colouring in, cutting, word finders, mazes, maths activities and puzzles.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.